Why streaming-only instead of digital-only? What are the pros, other than not allowing people to own their content?
The pro for consumers is that it would cost alot less than the standard Xbox 4. A digital only device would cost alot more, because it would have to the exact same hardware as the disc-drive model sans the disc drive. As such, they could only afford to shave maybe $30 off the price, probably even less than that since you can buy PC blu-ray drives in bulk for like $20 nowadays.
By going this route they most likely only need the same CPU as the standard Xbox 4, GPU stuff is all streamed, so they can get by with a very weak GPU on the streaming box and less memory (since more than 50% of a console's shared memory pool is used for the GPU) for OS purposes. So, since the streaming box would have less memory and a weak GPU, they can shave alot more off the price, they will most likely be able to sell it for $200 on release, maybe even less if they are willing to sell at a loss in an effort to get as many people paying a monthly fee for the streaming service as possible.Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 28 July 2018